Massachusetts White Water Rafting
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The sport of Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding has exploded. Stand-Up paddling originated in Hawaii and has traveled around the globe.
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Commonly Asked Questions
Please do! Our guides look forward to taking their favorite crews down the river again and again. But please remember that your favorite Crab Apple guide may already be requested or have other commitments preventing us from making any guarantees
In fact, rainy days usually begin with a skeptical group of rafters who are concerned about the enjoyment of a rafting trip in "liquid sunshine". By the end of the day, they realize that the guides were correct - a rainy day in a beautiful river gorge is a special experience. Fog often settles down above the rapids so the raft in front of you disappears from sight as it enters a rapid, but the screams of delight can be heard as your raft approaches the rapid. We run rain or shine!
Raft trips will not be cancelled due to weather unless Crab Apple deems that travel to the river from base camps or safety on the river will be compromised. Cancellations would be decided the morning of a trip at Crab Apple and full refunds issued.
Rapids and rivers are subjectively rated Class I through Class V for commercial rafting in the eastern US. Ratings depend on the volume of water, elevation drop in the river, type of watercraft, ease of rescue and a paddler's experience. To simplify this for our guests, we can divide them into three groups:
*** Family/Introductory—an introduction to rafting, option for families with younger children.
Trips range from Class 1-3.
Examples: Deerfield River - Fife Brook Section Rafting, Dead River - Summer Rafting, Half-Day Family Raft Trips.
*** Adventure - for guests already familiar with whitewater or new paddlers who are gung-ho and ready for a real thrill.
These trips range from Class 2-4.
Examples: Kennebec River rafting, Deerfield River - Monroe Bridge Section Rafting, West River rafting,
Miller's River rafting
*** World Class - trips for guests who preferably have whitewater experience.
Rapids will be long, continuous and range from Class 3-5.
Examples: Dead River High Water Rafting, Go For It trips in Maine